Links mentioned in Episode 16:
Mites. If you want live bees, you will need a plan to deal with mites. It does not have to be chemical if you are willing to develop other skills (and actually use them). But being aware and knowledgeable about the organic treatments may be what you need to know one day to save your hive (so that you can requeen with more disease resistant stock).
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I’m now a super-fan of Dr. Meghan Milbrath of Sand Hill Bees (Michigan). When I eventually figure out how to do recorded interviews on this podcast she is on my short list to interview. Read/Watch/Listen to her presentations for some of the most understandable, science-based rationale on moving toward treatment-free beekeeping out there — well seasoned with reality. That last part is what makes her work really stand out imo.
I probably could have skipped this whole podcast and just shared the links below with a bunch of exclamation points.
PDF of her article YOUR BEES DON’T HAVE TO DIE: HOW CAN WE BECOME TREATMENT-FREE WITHOUT KILLING OUR COLONIES?
Collection of Milbrath’s articles, presentations at her apiary website.
Keep Bees Alive
THIS!!!! The best (imo) educational webinar in this collection. Please watch this! (also works well as audio-only). Making a plan for varroa:
The printed version of above is here:
All three webinars by Milbrath are here:
(Episode numbering adjusted. Will call this episode 16-17 and next will be 18. This will correct a numbering error in an early episode.)
This is a ‘radio reader’ episode of an online article “Requeening” by master beekeeper, queen breeder and author Larry Connor. More articles and his (excellent) books available at www.wicwas.com
Link to this article: https://www.beeculture.com/requeening/
Clarification from last week (Thanks Chris!) This is the Bush bees I was referring to...link below. Tons of good info on his website and even though I’d read a lot of it there over the years, when I received his book “The Practical Beekeeper” as a Christmas gift I found myself reading it cover to cover and really enjoying it.
Dealing with a hive that appears queenless / Figuring out if it is really queenless / Bush’s Panacea Cure / Queen cells from micro-breeders becoming more available. ( Mostly beginner but with intermediate bits too)
About the podcast: Leigh started with bees in 2010 and keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, fully chemical free and without buying replacement bees since starting.
When I mention Michael Bush in this and other episodes, this is the website which is a treasure trove of bee reading: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm (Thanks Chris!)
Today I read selections of Sue Cobey’s classic article on Cloake board queen rearing. Skilled intermediate and up. Full article here (with illustration):
Without moving anything smaller than a frame (no grafting, that is) you can make a few to several good queens off your favorite hive. References mentioned (some in reference to next episode):
Generates a calendar for your queens (use with splits by using your split date as the graft date)
About the podcast: Leigh Knott started with bees in 2010 and keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, fully chemical free and without buying replacement bees since starting.
Aspects to getting quality queens from your own yard. Part one of several. Intermediate level.
Bryan Fisher’s YouTube on Summer Splits:
Michael Bush slides on basic queen rearing:
Some things to think about and understand about hives before you even open the lid —that will help you understand what you will see inside. Thank you all for every single Share and Review! Ask your questions for future podcasts on Facebook at Five Apple Farm: Bees Honey & More. [Why do I sound so stuffy? Mic must have been in a weird spot...sorry!]